Heatstroke in Dogs – the symptoms and what to look for
Heatstroke in dogs can be fatal. Try and do everything you can to prevent it from happening. Dogs can appear to be tough sturdy creatures but some dogs are more prone to heatstroke than others. For example, dogs with short snouts, fatter or heavily muscled dogs and long-haired breeds, as well as very old or very young dogs are more prone to heatstroke. Dogs with certain diseases as are dogs on certain medication can also suffer badly in the hot weather.
If a dog is unable to reduce their body temperature naturally they will develop heatstroke and here are the signs to look for:
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First Aid: How to deal with heatstroke in dogs
Heatstroke in dogs can be fatal and should be dealt with as an emergency. Don’t expect your dog to deal with it on their own. If your dog shows any of the above symptoms of heatstroke here are the steps that you should follow:
Ways to avoid heatstroke
One of the best ways to avoid heatstroke in dogs is to be well prepared in those hot summer months. Like children, dogs will need some protection from the sun and will need to keep cool and hydrated at all times. They don’t have to be left at home during family activities or on fun days out, there are dog strollers and pop up tents for thr beach or garden. Dogs can have fun in the sun too, they just need somewhere to cool down when it’s gets too hot for them.
Here are a few tips to keep your dog well and healthy on hot sunny days and to avoid them suffering from heatstroke or sunstroke.
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